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November 15, 2013

Hong Kong’s Grand Dame

Refined, glamorous and filled with timeless grace and beauty, she’s always been a captivating charmer… Whether you were first enchanted by her breathtakingly palatial lobby, or the heavenly scones freshly baked and presented in silver service grandeur every day at afternoon tea, or the 28th floor loos with their jaw-dropping skyline view, or the historic façade with lights that change with the seasons, or the giant Christmas tree adorned with golden baubles that stands tall in the lobby each year, or the secret chef’s table where all the culinary magic happens, or the helicopter pad, which has witnessed everyone from world leaders to Batman himself touching down… she’s captured your heart and nothing else can ever quite compare.

Now, 85 years after the day her gilded doors first opened on 11 December 1928, it’s time to commence a celebration for the ages as we toast to the birthday of Hong Kong’s Grand Dame – The Peninsula Hong Kong.

Ready to start celebrating? Get dolled up in your Sunday best, your hunter green Peninsula Rolls Royce is waiting to take you on a luxurious journey, back in time…


Spend a weekend cuddled up under the sky-high thread count duvet while looking out over the city’s most spectacular harbour views… There’s nothing like a stay-cation in one of the Pen’s newly renovated, and breathtakingly beautiful guest rooms featuring unlimited complimentary movies and every service and function you could possibly dream of, accessible from your very own in-room tablet. For an experience to remember, book “A Salute to Hong Kong”, in which you can select five out of eight superlative wishes including an Upgrade to a Superior Suite, a Rolls-Royce pick up from chez toi, Daily breakfast at The Verandah for up to two staying guests, a Hotel credit of HK$850 net per room per stay, an In-room Afternoon Tea experience for two, a dinner at The Lobby for two, a Late check-out at 4:00 pm, or a Rolls-Royce departure transfer back to reality. (A Salute to Hong Kong is priced at HK$ 6,850)

Turn back the clock to a bygone era of glamour when Afternoon Tea Dances were de rigueur. Take part as The Peninsula revives this enchanting pastime on Sunday, 1 December with a 10-piece big band, bountiful afternoon tea set, and countless Charleston and Tango steps sashaying across the lobby floor (3:00 to 6:00 pm, HK$988 + 10% per person).

It’s Glamour Time… The Peninsula Spa’s 85th Anniversary Special features three hours of unadulterated pampering guaranteed to turn back the clock. Begin with a full Body Exfoliation, followed by a choice of Regenerating Eye Treatment or Oriental Head Massage. The blissful relaxation continues with a 60-minute Aromatherapy Body Massage and an Intensive Facial. Complete the experience with a poolside breakfast or lunch of healthy Naturally Peninsula cuisine. You’ll emerge just a few hours later, a fresh-faced 1920s glamour girl (or boy!). (HK$ 2,850 +10% per person).

For a dining experience, which is a celebration in every bite, head to Gaddi’s, where Chef Rémi van Peteghem has created a commemorative 8-course Diamond Jubilee Degustation Menu to mark the 50th Anniversary of the restaurant’s opening in 1953. Priced at HK$ 1,953 + 10% per person, (or HK$2653 paired with wines) the menu features divine re-interpretations of French classics including Thinly-sliced raw lobster with cauliflower and French Imperial caviar, Duck liver terrine from Landes with fresh cranberry confit, Seasonal red deer and mushroom pithiviers, Organic poached egg with market-fresh truffle, Turbot, John Dory and scampi poached in bouillabaisse consommé, Partridge fillet with Scottish Whisky, black truffle gnocchi with game-chocolate sauce, Crêpes jubilee, and Soufflé chocolate tart with red berries, yuzu sherbet. Top off the experience with exquisite tableside guéridon silver service which transports you to the genteel era of Gaddi’s opening.

Catch a glimpse into Hong Kong’s history with The Peninsula Hotel’s sequel to its highly popular film “Tradition Well Served” produced by Elaine Forsgate Marden. Celebrating the legendary Kadoorie family and Hongkong Shanghai Hotels  (HSH), the updated “Tradition Well Served” is a fascinating 45-minute documentary film featuring archival footage, historical photographs and interviews with key personalities, exploring the rich history and traditions of The Peninsula Hotels. Amid compelling footage from the 1900s to the 1940s, the film goes behind the scenes at the flagship Hong Kong property as well as capturing glamorous events and historic moments at the nine Peninsula hotels around the world. “Tradition Well Served” will be available for purchase at The Peninsula Boutique starting next week. For a sneak preview of the film, click here.

85 years young and looking better than ever, Hong Kong’s grand dame awaits!

The Peninsula Hong Kong
Salisbury Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
+852 2920 2888

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